Friday, March 28, 2014

Friday News and Updates from Wawaloam School

Good Afternoon and Happy Friday to All!

A reminder once again of the Common Core Informational Session on April 15th, from 7-8:15 PM in the HS auditorium.  Here is the link to take you to a more detailed flyer about this event:

Kindergarten Families:
Here is an update from Melissa Cohen (school librarian) and Sue Curry (school psychologist) and Tonia Algiere (intern) from our PBIS Team!
Our PBIS program has been helping our kindergarten students learn the
importance of developing strategies to manage our feelings. We have enjoyed
songs, games, and activities to introduce and reinforce these strategies.
The children enjoyed hearing the book Pete the Cat and His Magic Sunglasses
by James Dean and Kimberly Dean. Listed below are other books you may
want to read at home with your child that foster discussion about feelings.
● Pete the Cat: Rocking in My New School Shoes by James Dean and Eric Litwin
● Pete the Cat: I Love My White Shoes by James Dean
● When Sophie Gets Angry - Really, Really Angry by Molly Bang
● Today I Feel Silly and Other Moods That Make My Day by Jamie Lee Curtis
and Laura Cornell
● My Many Colored Days by Dr. Seuss

Thank you PTA for another amazing Free Book Giveaway event this week! The students were all so excited about their new book- what a great kickoff before we host our Reading celebration here at Wawaloam School!

Reading Celebration: By now you may have received our “Bingo Card”. This is not intended to cause any stress at home. We want this to be a fun way to show your enthusiasm toward reading! Do whatever you can- we hope you will try to come up with 5 ways between now and April 11 to show your love for reading. For grades 1 and 2, try to get a Bingo! Kindergarten, pick any 5 activities!
Mark your cards at home together with your child. When they get a “Bingo” have them return their card to the office for a popcorn pass for Friday, April 11.  Hopefully, this gives you more planning time and a slower pace to try to complete all of your activities J
*Earth Day Recycle Projects save those items that look like they could be transformed!  More information coming home soon!

Thank you to all of you who have been helping us collect Peanut Butter for our local food shelters and Hard Candy and Granola Bars for those serving for our county. We are off to a great start! Please consider helping with your donation. The kids LOVE having something to drop in the bin!!  

*Child Outreach Screenings are taking place at Lineham School for all 3, 4 and 5 year olds. Call 397-3771 for your appointment today.

The Head Start Program is enrolling for the 2014-2015 program year at  centers located in: Charlestown, South Kingstown, North Kingstown, and Westerly
Your family may be eligible for this FREE program if: -You reside in NK, Exeter, SK, Westerly, Charlestown, Richmond, Hopkinton or Narragansett -You meet the Head Start income Guidelines -Your preschooler is between the ages of 3 & 5 -You are receiving FIP or SSI, are homeless, or your preschooler is a foster child
They provide Health and Dental screenings, Nutritious breakfast and lunch daily Classroom Socialization & Educational Activities, Family Engagement: Volunteer and Training Opportunities, Services to children with Special Needs & Severe Disabilities, Tools to help children and families succeed and Transportation Resources. You can call their Main Office today to schedule an appointment & give your family a HEAD START! 789-3016 ext 307
Netwalking! I would also like to pass along information about a new community resource activity called Netwalking. Have you heard about this? I have participated with my daughter a few times and absolutely love the opportunity to take the time to walk with other families and observe and comment on our amazing surroundings.
She is geared up and ready for the April Vacation! Maybe I will see some of you participating! Here is her message:
During Spring Break, April 21-25, I will be leading my Family Netwalking Adventure series again. 77 children and their parents participated with me last Spring, and we had a great time! Visit my CALENDAR page for details.  You can access the calendar from this menu on this page.

This week I read a brand new book to students in Grades 1 and 2- Ask them about it! It was called Going Places by Peter and Paul Reynolds. Students had the opportunity to share something they would LIKE to get good at and try to think about the steps they would need to take to get good! My favorite response was from the student who wants to get good at Roller skating. Step 1: Beg mom and dad to take me to the Rollerskating place…… XOXO

This conversation flowed into our School Improvement Meeting afterschool. We are working as a faculty to shift to the “Growth Mindset”. There is a powerful 10 minute video that defines this concept. If you would like to learn about what we are working on, here is the link:
If we could pass along one way to foster this mindset in your child, consider asking them the following questions at the end of their day: What did you learn today? What did you try hard at today? & What mistake did you make that taught you something?
We will keep you posted on our progress as a Professional Learning Community!

Sharing a link that had all of our students dancing their way into school this morning:

Don’t forget to consider following me on Twitter, there is such opportunity for learning through the endless resources that are out there! I always try to pass along great Tweets for parents! @MelissaMarino9 

Enjoy the weekend!
Melissa Marino

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